Another Allen County resident has thrown his hat in the ring for a seat on the Allen County Commission. The Iola Register reports that longtime Humboldt resident Mike Bruner filed papers Wednesday to run for the seat. The 66 year old Bruner will run as a Democrat and will face current county commissioner Jerry Daniels in the Nov. 6 election. Daniels is completing his first term as the District 1 commissioner. Bruner taught high school history in Chanute for 40 years before retiring last year.
The Iola USD 257 steering committee met Tuesday night. According to the Register about 30 people attended. The meeting focused on about a dozen potential sites and the scope of what voters might be asked to approve.
The Iola Mustangs baseball team competes in the 4A Division II state tournament in Salina today. They’ll take on Wichita-Trinity Academy at 1:15 and we’ll carry the game for you on 1370 and 99.3 KIOL, plus streamed live at iolaradio.com
A Neodesha man pleaded guilty to reckless second-degree murder and other charges yesterday in Wilson County District Court. The Kansas Office of the Attorney General says 37-year-old Dejay Lynn Schlegel pleaded guilty in the death of 57-year-old Michael P. Elam in Neodesha. Elam was found dead inside his home after it burned down in December of 2016. Schlegel was one of two people arrested in the crime. His girlfriend, 25-year-old Hayley Hurst, pleaded not and is scheduled for a hearing on August 8th.
Services have resumed at the driver’s license office in Independence after security concerns have subsided. According to KOAM TV, the office was was closed down on May 18th amid a series of intentionally lit fires. The services were moved temporarily to Fredonia. The fires are under ongoing investigation by police and fire officials, and they are confident in the security of the building.
There will be a sendoff today for the Iola baseball team today as they head to the state tournament in Salina. They will be leaving from Riverside Park at 3:00pm.
An 11-year-old boy died Sunday when he was hit by a pickup truck while riding a mini bike. According to The Kansas Highway Patrol, the crash occurred Sunday afternoon seven miles west of Prescott in Linn County when the truck hit the mini bike from behind and then ran over it. Kayden Blaes Samyn of Mound City died at the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured.
The US Treasury Department has formally approved Governor Colyer’s nomination of 74 opportunity zones in the state. The new opportunity zones will offer citizens the chance to invest back in to their communities and receive tax incentives on their unrealized capital gains. In Allen County, the south part of of Iola and bassett are included. The northeast part of Anderson County including Garnett is also included. We have a link to the opportunity zones map on the Iola Radio Facebook page.
Once again, Humboldt has made the national news. This time it’s an opinion piece in The Washington Post titled “Proof that online high school can work: My daughter.” The piece highlights the success of the Humboldt Virtual School. It quotes director Jody Siebenmorgen and highlights the successes and challenges of the program. We have also shared a link to the story on the Iola Radio Facebook page.
Iola resident Bruce Symes filed papers Wednesday to seek a seat on the Allen County Commission. The Register reports that he is one of two Republican candidates so far. Commissioner John Brocker, who was appointed to his seat in March, already has filed to seek the seat for a full term. The Republican primary vote will be held Aug. 7, with the top vote-getter advancing to the November General Election. No Democrats have filed for the Commission seat. The filing deadline is noon June 1.
Click It or Ticket is slated to begin next week. In a news release, the Iola Police Department said that the program will begin on Monday, May 21st and will last through Sunday, June 3rd. Travelers can expect an increased police presence on the streets of Iola as the IPD joins in the statewide effort to aggressively enforce seatbelt laws. The extra activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Due to this week’s storms, the City of Chanute is offering free tree limb pickup of from residents’ yards. The city asks that they be placed at the front of the curb as soon as possible to expedite cleanup. City workers will be working over the next week to get them removed. Any questions, please contact the City of Chanute office at 431-5270.
Several area businesses and residents are joining the Humboldt PRIDE Committee Saturday to celebrate downtown Humboldt. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Humboldt’s downtown square. Kid-friendly activities will be offered and three local musicians will perform. Damaris Kunkler at 11 a.m., Joey Evans at noon and Pastor Jerry Neeley at 1 p.m.
Woodson County will join the Southwind Extension District on July 1. That brings the number of counties in the district to four. The others are Allen, Bourbon and Neosho.
The Iola City Council is back up to eight members. At this week’s meeting, Mayor Jon Wells chose Danny Mathew to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman Bob Shaughnessy. The Iola Register reports that the 34 year old Mathew is a lifelong resident of Iola and has worked for the past several years at Advantage Computer Enterprises. He was was approved, 5-0, by the other Council members present.
The USD 257 Board of Education made official its decision to move the district’s preschool program from Windsor Place to McKinley Elementary School. According to The Register, the district’s “age-to-age” program was begun in 2010 and was the second one in the state. McKinley principal Angie Linn said the move will offer a host of new benefits to students and teachers. Preschool classes will begin at McKinley beginning in the fall.